3 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
I wanted to wait until what happened last night night happened before I touched on this.
After A&E suspended the Duck Dynasty patriarch for his comments in the GQ interview with Drew Magary, the rest of the family drew its line in the swamp last night: They're standing by their dad and there will be no show without Phil.
Quick sidebar, for those of you not familar with Magary's work on the Deadspin and Gawker Websites, his writing is not for the faint of heart. It's colorful, there's profanity mixed in (mixed is a soft sell) and it's quite good.
Google "Jamboroo" sometime...if you dare.
I follow Magary on Twitter, so I read the piece right after he linked it. I also watch Duck Dynasty. Our youngest son loves it. It takes me back a bit...it's like Ralls County with a swamp.
After I read the piece, especially in a forum such as GQ, I knew trouble was coming. It was coming because you had a Conservative man who preaches the Bible say something that offended a minority group. That always turns out well.
I can also tell those people don't watch the show and probably didn't bother reading the piece except for what they saw in 140 characters on Twitter or on Facebook.
But A&E, as most big companies do, caved and suspended Phil Robertson. As soon as that happened, my guess was the rest of the clan would then tell A&E to go jump in the swamp.
A&E feared they would lose sponsors over Robertson's comments. If they didn't think the rest of the family would stand by him, then maybe they didn't spend much time watching Duck Dynasty...sort of like 95 percent of those offended never watched the show either.
So A&E will lose the show (and the millions more to be made from it) and the family will move to another network if they are so inclined. They might just get out of TV completely. They've used it for what they wanted: to grow their Duck Commander business and to spread the gospel.
The Robertson's preach to those who are willing to listen to them when they make public appearances. They attempt to do so on Duck Dynasty when A&E actually allows them to utter the name of Jesus. Robertson was asked a question and answered it. It's not like he's going door to door, shoving a Bible in your face and screaming at you if you don't listen.
And if you choose not to believe their interpretation of the gospel, great. That's your choice.
It's not a first amendment issue. A&E had the right to do what they did and now the Robertson's should have the right to follow their father and walk away from the network.
A&E should actually stop airing reruns of Duck Dynasty if they feel so strongly on the issue.
My son has them all on DVD anyway.